Poetry. Andy Stallings' debut collection, TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD, operates in exuberance and exhaustion, trance and ricochet, aware of both its exile from and unremitting attachment to so-called "community" (friends, colleagues, students, beloveds, long-dead poets, and well-worn texts) even as he presents the bewildering solitude inherent in shared experience. Stallings is an astounding contemporary flaneur, and the poems wander in and out of boredom and lust and rage and wonder and addiction and forgiveness and awe. TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD is most of all an epistolary argument for intimacy and attention, and a record of the "bitter surplus / of that music."
Andy Stallings lives and works at Deerfield Academy in Western Massachusetts. His first book, TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD, was published by Rescue Press in 2014, and PARADISE in 2018. With Melissa Dickey, he is a parent to four young children, and he coaches boys' cross country.Author City: DEERFIELD, MA USA